Pros and Cons of State Testing


 What is state testing for anyway? It is used for the measurement of a student’s educational ability and to determine current averages and identify high and low performers so that each student can be treated accordingly.

There are pros and cons in taking these tests.

The pros include:

  • helps identify problem areas in individual students as well as schools and curriculums
  • provides guidelines for curriculum 
  • gives teachers a structure of what needs to be taught.

This helps keep classroom material consistent across the country.

One con is that standardized testing can create stress for students. Students feel the pressure when it comes to performing well on tests and scores can affect students’ confidence. This can lead to students developing a negative attitude about their abilities and a dislike for school. Another con is that teachers may end up “teaching to the test” rather than giving students a deeper understanding of a subject. This also creates a classroom atmosphere that lacks creativity and can limit a student’s learning potential due to boredom.

Current biology teacher, Mrs. Russell believes state testing is not effective because students learn differently and the test is to standard, and she would prefer the test to be flexible. However, she does like the idea of state testing because she wants to make sure students are learning.